London 2012

Joshua a proud amateur

GB gold medallist proud to be amateur champion

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 16/08/12 4:34pm

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Joshua to see out GB amateur contract

Olympic super heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he is proud to remain an amateur and fulfil his GB contract instead of instantly joining the professional ranks.

The 23-year-old has promoters lining up to sing him up into the professional ranks, but the new Olympic champion told Sky Sports News he plans on remaining an amateur.

Joshua only took up boxing four years ago, and having only stepped into the ring such a short time ago he still has plenty to learn about before turning pro.

"Right now I'm contracted to GB amateur boxing still and I want to do the honours to fulfil the rest of my contract, so right now I'm still an amateur boxer and proud to be the super heavyweight Olympic champion," Joshua told Sky Sports News.

Joshua has been relaxing with his family and trying to take in the enormity of his achievement at London 2012.

"It's slowly sinking in, I've been resting with my family and to think I've done my family and the nation proud and the support I'm getting is unbelievable and it's sinking in bit by bit.

Tough road

"The Olympics was the toughest tournament I've been to but it didn't start there - it started at the Europeans, qualifying for the worlds and the experience from them helped me get through to the Olympics and to win the gold medal."

Joshua is keen to become a role model for boxing and after some unsavoury incidents with Dereck Chisora and David Haye.

"It means a lot to me. I'm involved in the sport and I'm walking around the streets as a normal person so I want to be a positive role model not just to kids but to get adults in the gym.

"Dereck Chisora, David Haye, myself and all the rest of the boxers around the world play a big part in it so we're going to pull our fingers out to inspire everyone to go out and do the right things."

Boxing delivered superbly at London 2012 despite not having the biggest batch of funding, and with a bit more cash Joshua says they can achieve even more in Rio.

"We've got a great team behind a team - the support staff and all the coaches, I'm grateful for the money we had from through UK lottery funding even though we didn't have the most money it was enough to get five medals.

"Hopefully if we can get a little bit more funding now we can secure more medals for Rio."

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